Ghostland Observatory @ All Points West 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ghostland Observatory

If Rage Against the Machine mated with the Spice Girls, you'd get Ghostland Observatory . At once psychotic roids rock and skip-to-my-lou cheese-coated pop, the Texas duo smashed and bopped their way through a 50-minute set in the Sahara tent [at Coachella] on Friday [April 17th] night, leaving the sweat-stained crowd exhausted and exhilarated.

Clad in his signature white cape embroidered with a gaudy purple cross, drummer and '80s-simple synth-master Thomas Ross Turner nodded his head to his Spy vs. Spy beats, which creep up on you in a stealthy way until they hammer you over the head with their redundant magic. Braided singer Aaron Kyle Bherens preened and pranced across the stage in his skinny jeans and "Risky Business" sunglasses, occasionally putting his foot up on the monitors and leaning into the flash and spin of the twisting crowd. You can never really understand what he's saying, but you get the idea that it's intense. After one tune he arched cat-like into a series of slow-motion Bruce Lee-like moves and the crowd howled. [LA Times on Ghostland at Coachella]

Love them or despise them, Ghostland Observatory are going on a tour across North America again (including some SoCo sponsored dates). They come to NYC on December 5th, when they play Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale at noon. All tour dates are below...

Ghostland Observatory - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 10 The Sound Academy Toronto, ONT
Sep 11 9:30 Club Washington DC
Oct 03 ACL FESTIVAL Austin, Texas
Oct 04 STUBBS Austin, Texas
Oct 08 Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Oct 10 BLUE NOTE Columbia, Missouri
Oct 15 The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 16 The Crossroads Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 17 Cabooze on West Bank Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 29 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Oct 31 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
Nov 06 Showbox SoDo Seattle, Washington
Nov 07 Showbox SoDo Seattle, Washington
Nov 08 Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Nov 13 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov 20 Congress Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Doc 04 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Dec 05 Terminal 5 New York, New York